Artist: Gwenaël Rattke
Gallery: Ping Pong Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, September 19, 2008 from 6:00 - 9:00pm
Exhibition Dates: September 19th - October 24th, 2008
Address: 1240 22nd Street (between Pennsylvania and Mississippi)
Ping Pong Gallery is pleased to present its first solo exhibition with Berlin artist, Gwenaël Rattke. In this show, Rattke presents a series of paper-based collages created from the artist’s collection of visual material-- long culled from books, old magazines, found photos and record covers. Having worked with collage for most of his teenage years producing DIY fanzines, flyers and graphics in the Berlin punk community, Rattke continues this exploration of collage while developing a more complex visual vocabulary.
Borrowing from the visual codes of the 1960’s and 1970’s, the collages in "Nouveau Système" present Rattke’s intricate, ornamental, excessive view into an imagined past, rife with beauty and 'sexual freedom.' “My collages are trapped in endless halls of mirrors, caught in loops, stuck in repetitive patterns. I try to create a world that folds in on itself, a reflection of a narcissistic 'me-generation'…”